“HANDSOME JOHNNY” FARRELL
BY CRAIG DOLCH
He was “Handsome Johnny” to the press, winning golf championships, dating Hollywood starlets and living the good life with the celebrities of his day. Dempsey. Ruth. Gershwin. Fairbanks.
Legendary names. But “Handsome Johnny” Farrell’s legacy didn’t last. He perhaps is the greatest golfer the game has forgotten. Until now.
DOWN MEMORY LANE
BY DAN RALEY, SEATTLE POST-INTELLIGENCER REPORTER
PUBLISHED JUNE 10, 2003
"His career was like mine, and they said my career was short," Nelson pointed out. "He wanted to do some other things. We didn't make any money playing golf. You start finding other ways to make money.. " Farrell had left the PGA Tour, but socialites sought him out for lessons, as did presidents Eisenhower, Kennedy, Nixon and Ford. Bing Crosby and Bob Hope were running mates. The Duke of Windsor was still a close friend.
People not only respected his golf knowledge, they enjoyed his company.
GOLF'S GREAT HERITAGE - THE 1928 US OPEN
“The 1928 U.S. Open proved to be an upset of grand proportions. Coming in, Bobby Jones was a name to reckon with and most everyone thought he would take the trophy. Instead, Johnny Farrell, emerged the victor. It was a hard fought battle from start to finish.